Inground Swimming Pools Improve Your Real Estate Value  

by Pool Builders on 07-06-2007 in Articles

Summer is here and the temperatures are soaring. During the dog days of summer, there is nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in your own in-ground pool. An in-ground pool not only adds value to your Real Estate, in Florida's tropical climate, a swimming pool provides year-round entertainment and enjoyment for your family.

Whether you are purchasing a new home with an existing pool, or are thinking of adding a pool to your current property, it pays to research the three main types of in-ground swimming pools and their cost, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each. In this article, the focus will be on the most popular type of pool: an in-ground concrete swimming pool.

Concrete inground swimming pools works well in virtually any climate

While in-ground concrete pools are less expensive and easier to install in the South, where the climate is mild and the water table is low, concrete also works well in Northern climates. Proper maintenance will ensure the longevity of your concrete swimming pool no matter where you live.

Vinyl and fiberglass, the other two main types of pools, also work well in most climates, with fiberglass offering ease of installation and durability. The biggest drawback to a vinyl pool is the necessity of maintaining and possibly replacing the liner on a fairly regular basis. Fiberglass swimming pools do not require liner maintenance, but they are more expensive (approximately $4,000 more than a concrete pool).

Concrete inground swimming pools offers many beautiful design and color options

Unlike vinyl pools, concrete swimming pools are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. The design possibilities are virtually limitless; concrete makes it easy for a buyer to design a pool that suits both their needs and their desire for aesthetic appeal. Vinyl pools are typically available only in traditional shapes and sizes, and can only be customized at additional expense. Even then, design options are limited.

Concrete inground swimming pools and longevity go hand in hand

Concrete pools are also popular due to their sturdy construction and longevity. Re-surfacing is required approximately every 15 years, and of course regular cleaning is a must, but otherwise, concrete pools are incredibly durable and do not require a great deal of maintenance.

As mentioned above, vinyl pools liners are not as durable as concrete, and need to be replaced far more often. Vinyl liners offer a kid friendly, soft surface that concrete does not, but is also more susceptible to punctures and tears.

Concrete Inground swimming pool installation

If you are considering a concrete pool for your existing home, know that the installation process can require some patience. The process can take three to four weeks, depending on ground and weather conditions, since concrete in-ground pools must be installed in several phases. In the southern states, installation is easier due to the ground make-up (mostly sand), and the lower water table. In Florida, concrete pools are not significantly more expensive that vinyl pools.

Pricing your concrete pool

Many of you are aware that a new in-ground pool can cost more than a new car, but don't forget to consider all of the benefits of pool ownership. Installing an in-ground pool, whether in an existing or pre-construction home, instantly boosts the value of your home. You receive a very good return on your initial investment, something that can't be said about a new car, and you get to cool off and enjoy your own pool whenever you like.

An in-ground concrete pool will also last a lot longer than that new car, and will provide far more enjoyment in the long term for your family.

Pool ownership is within your reach

Purchasing an existing or pre-construction home with a pool, or installing a new in-ground pool on your current Real Estate, is more economically feasible than you may think. Many new-home builders offer buyers pre-construction packages that include a new pool. This can be an item of negotiation when purchasing your new home, and you may be surprised at the number of perks that home builders are willing to offer their buyers, especially if you purchase your home during the area's off-season.

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